The Healing Arts in the Amazon Rainforest – A Powerful and Unusual Film

Today I want to recommend a movie that I have seen more than two years ago. It is one of the very few on the subject. It is well made and very, very interesting. If the healing arts attract you in some way (and if you are reading this blog, chances are that they do), I highly recommend it.

 The Sacred Science

Directed by: Nicholas Polizzi


Synopsis: Diabetes. Prostate cancer. Alcoholism. Parkinson’s diseases. Just a handful of many common illnesses that Western medicine has been inadequate in curing or treating. Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of deeper answers. Living in seclusion for one month in the heart of the Amazon jungle, these men and women take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru’s indigenous medicine men, working with centuries-old plant remedies and spiritual disciplines. In their most desperate hour, these patients are forced to confront not only their physical ailments, but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process. Five will return with real results, two will return disappointed, and one won’t come back at all. Written by Anonymous (from

Nick Polizzi, the director, is writing articles and blog posts on the film’s site, which continue the conversation. This last one landed in my inbox and reminded me of his powerful movie:

“How Our Wounds Can Heal Us” Read more

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